The 2013 United Nations Joint Inspections Unit (JIU) report provides a revision of the methods currently used by United Nations system organisations to select and manage implementing partners (IPs), with the overall objectives of finding the common elements and challenges; identifying examples of good practice; and providing relevant recommendations.
When undertaking this revision, the JIU noted that partnerships with public and non-public entities have become essential for most United Nations system organizations in pursuing their mandates. In many such partnerships the organizations assign the implementation of programme activities to IPs, to which they allocate resources (funds and materials) to enable programme delivery. Overall, the volume of United Nations resources entrusted to IPs is significant. Some organizations expend over half their annual budgets via IPs.
For United Nations organizations engaged in development and humanitarian assistance in diverse political, economic and social settings, the sound management of IPs presents a complex challenge. IPs vary widely and include host government entities, national and international NGOs, civil society groups, and academic and research institutions. Over time, organizations have developed IP relationships in accord with their own mandates, business models and management systems. Plainly, no one-size-fits-all approach can be prescribed for diverse United Nations system organizations in managing the multiplicity of IPs.
This report can be found here: UN JIU Review of the Management of Implementing Partners in United Nations System Organisations